New WhatsApp Update Adds GIF Search and Lets Users Share up to 30 Photos at Once


WhatsApp has slowly been updating its services as it looks to continue positioning itself as the best IM in a world where dozens of similar apps exist.

Many instant messenger users are now turning to richer content such as videos, photos, stickers and GIFs while at the same time leaving overdependence on text-based messages. In a bid to keep its more than 1.1 billion user base happy, WhatsApp is rolling out an update that now enables users to search for GIFs, a feature that iPhone users have been able to use for quite some time now.

In the past, WhatsApp users could only manage to share and receive GIFs as long as they are locally stored, but in the new update, users will now be able to access the option to search for these characters directly from within the app. When you hit the emoji icon, a GIF option will be revealed right at the bottom of the emoji window from where you can search Tenor or Giphy for GIFs to share with friends in chats.

WhatsApp has also added another nifty feature where users will now be able to share more than 10 photos at once and instead, this limit has been upped to 30. This is a great move by Facebook, especially since the likes of WhatsApp Plus and GBWhatsApp let users share up to 90 photos at once.


The update has not been made official yet, but those who can access WhatsApp version 2.17.6 beta on their Android phones can enjoy these changes as at the time of this writing. In addition, the features on this version may have been limited to certain regions as not everyone who is using this beta version has been able to access these new features so far.

If you are part of the Google Play Store beta testing program, you can get the latest WhatsApp 2.17.6 right away, otherwise, you’ll have to stick around before the stable version is rolled out to the store.

Are you able to search for GIFs and send up to 30 media files on your latest WhatsApp for Android? Please share your experiences with us via the comments.

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